Cheat chocolate Florentines

These big fat crunchy chocolate disks don’t require any baking and are so easy to make. Place into cellophane bags for a lovely gift.

Makes 15-20


100g(4oz) dark chocolate
100g(4oz) milk chocolate
10g mixed dried fruits or nuts, such as almond slivers, hazelnuts, chopped apricots, raisins or cranberries.


1. Place a large sheet of baking parchment ontoa baking tray. Using a cookie cutter or glass draw circles spaces apart onto the baking parchment. Break the two types of chocolate into separate bowls. Place each bowl over a pan of simmering water.

2. When the chocolate is melted remove the bowls from the pan, wearing oven gloves.

3. Using a spoon place dollops of melted chocolate onto the drawn circles. You can use one type or both types of choclate for each disk. Spread into an even layer with the back of the spoon. Decorate with mixed nuts, seeds or pieces of dried fruit. Place in the fridge to set.

4. When hardened remove the chocolate from the baking parchment. Place into an airtight container or into small boxes or cellophane bags. Place in a cool and dry place.